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World's Oldest Masks Were Worn by Farmers

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World's oldest masks were worn by farmers

Nine thousand years ago, farmers near modern-day Jerusalem were sculpting the world’s very first masks, National Geographic reports. Researchers who recently created 3D models of the artifacts say they each share similar characteristics: large eye holes, gaping mouths, a resemblance to skulls, and punctures on the edge that may have been used to help wear them. Scientists suggest they were donned during ceremonies to represent the spirits of dead ancestors.

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